Neoclassical Furniture is a style of furniture that gained popularity in the mid-1700s and into the 1800s. Many countries followed the neoclassical design during that time period, each one giving the style a different name. As a result, in England neoclassical furniture is referred to as Late Georgian, in France it is called Louis XVI style, and in the United States it is called the Federal or Empire style. It is also called Grecian or Etruscan style in some places.
Neoclassical Dining Room Set
Neoclassic style Armchair
Neoclassical Louis XVI Furniture
In France, one of the major proponents of neoclassicism could be found in the Louis XVI style. Here, we see a major turning away from the curves of the Rococo style that had previously dominated. Each piece emphasized straight lines, sharp right angles and a seriousness and logical approach characteristic of Neoclassicism in general. Louis XVI furniture distinguished itself by aping the Etruscan style. This involved a complex mixing of sculptural ornamentation with mounts made out of metal and ceramic.
Neoclassic Style Sofa Set
Neoclassical 2-person Sofa
Empire Style Furniture
The Empire Style is commonly referred to as the second phase of neoclassical furniture design. It was based largely on styles seen in the Roman Empire. The style was even more sober than the earlier 18th century neoclassical designs that preceded it. A high level of craftsmanship could be seen in such details as gilded bronze mounts and embellishments. In addition to its European precedents, the Empire style was also heavily influenced by a contemporaneous design style in the United States known as the Federal Style.
Neoclassic Style Bedroom Set
Neoclassical Study Room Furniture
Characters of Neoclassical Furniture
In neoclassical furniture, form is ultimately the most important factor. The furniture should be considered orderly, with more tidy lines and fewer swirls and curves. There is still plenty of ornate detail, as was common in previous furniture styles, however. The detail in neoclassical furniture comes from delicate painting and precise carving. In addition, wood can be inlaid with other pieces of wood, gold foil, or other materials.
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